Re: Bee choice?
Sometimes the only way you can get "treatment free" bees from the get-go is to buy from outside your area. Then live treatment free, lose some swarms, and pretty soon you've got treatment free bees all around you!
Yes, it would be wonderful if you could get local treatment free bees, but someone has to be first. If it has to be you, why not? My suggestion, fwiw, is to buy treatment free bees, locally if possible, but if not, treatment free trumps local any day. And after a while, your bees will be localized.
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow